Dear Class of 2024,
Congratulations on your selection to attend Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), the Department of Defense's #1 intermediate developmental education institute! We work to educate and develop air-minded joint leaders able to lead, compete, and win in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. While here, you will engage in 10 months of professional military education designed around rigorous academics and packed with personal and professional development opportunities. This is a major career milestone that affords you the opportunity to grow as an officer and leader in the profession of arms. While you are here, my priorities for you are balance, relationships, and preparation.
Re-establish balance in your life. Over the past ten years, you have been busy defending your nation. You have deployed, worked hard to become an expert in your field, and succeeded at the toughest jobs. If not, you wouldn't be here. But these achievements have come with sacrifices in other areas of your life. Whether or not you realize it, your life is out of balance. So this year I encourage you to pick up an old hobby, improve your physical fitness, travel, schedule date nights with significant others, carve out time to play with kids, and set up social events with classmates. You will find that Montgomery is a wonderful place to live and play with a variety of activities on base (golf, pool, bowling), in town (museums, art galleries, baseball, local restaurants), and at Lake Martin (hiking, boating, fishing, camping).
Strengthen relations. Relationships are all we have when we leave our respective services. Use this year to rekindle old friendships and make new ones. Take the initiative to start conversations with your ACSC classmates. Your classmates include the best officers from across our services and more than 50 countries around the world. Civilian professionals from the DoD, FBI, and other agencies round out this diverse class. You will be taught by a top-notch faculty that includes over 40 PhDs, and you will receive personal mentorship from experienced military and civilian leaders. Every year, senior leaders mention the value of the relationships they developed while at ACSC.
Prepare for the next five years of service. For most of you that means staff and O-5 command. Those jobs require you to consume large volumes of information, think critically and creatively, and communicate thoughts to your boss both verbally and in writing. To that end, the academics are unapologetically demanding. You will engage with material covering the theory of war, airpower history and application, international security, leadership, and joint planning. At times, the coursework will challenge you, and is intended to prepare you for what lies ahead.
My staff and faculty are dedicated to making your year at ACSC the best of your career. To find out more about the academics, student life, inbound info, and the local community, please review our website. Welcome to ACSC!
Educate to win!
Matthew O. Berry, Colonel, USAF
Current as of: 18 Jan 23
1. Have a current passing Air Force fitness assessment that will not expire prior to 1 September 2023.
2. Be in uniform when signing-in and ensure all uniforms are readily available to wear as required. Reference above "Uniforms" tab for further details.
3. Initial Student Cadre (ISC): The role of ISC is twofold: 1) fill critical student leadership positions and 2) act as the ADVON team for the main body of students. People who hold these leadership positions are vital players in establishing the culture, morale, and developmental opportunities for the class for the year at ACSC. Calls for volunteers will go out in early-February 2023.
4. Concentrations: Air Command and Staff College sponsors distinct Concentration Programs that explore operational and strategic challenges confronting the joint force in air, sea, land, space, and cyber. Students participating in these programs will benefit from elements of ACSC’s core curriculum while also receiving specialized instruction and professional development in their respective concentrations. More info can be found here. Calls for applications will go out at a later date.
5. Early Reporting: Advance written permission must be obtained should early reporting be required (i.e. mandatory return from remote assignments). Normal CONUS and OCONUS moves do not meet this intent. Early reporting requests for personal convenience will not be approved. If an early reporting request is approved, the following statement must be included on your orders: “Early reporting authorized. Written approval obtained from the student squadron commander at Air Command and Staff College.”
6. Reporting Dates: Reporting prior to the Report No Earlier than Date (RNETD) or after the Report No Later than Date (RNLTD) is NOT authorized without prior coordination through ACSC and final approval from HQ AFPC/DP2LWD. Personnel that report early without prior authorization will be charged leave until authorized reporting date and will not be reimbursed for excess lodging/per diem accrued due to early reporting.
1. Narrative-Only PRF (USAF Only): Students must have a Narrative-Only PRF completed by their losing unit prior to departure.
2. Security Clearance: Clearance requirement is minimum of Secret; Top Secret/SSBI preferred. Also, if you are currently filling an SCI billet, ask your SSO for a Transfer-in-Status to the AU/SSO (DSN 953-6715/3606 or Comm 334-953-6715) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Finally, if your current investigation is within 60 days of the 6-year expiration date, you must begin the update process immediately through your current security manager. Please note – T5 (New TS) investigations will NOT be submitted after arrival at ACSC. Please contact ACSC security manager (DSN 493-2712/Comm 334-953-2712) with any security clearance questions.
3. Computer Requirements: Air University schools have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and students will not be issued government laptops. All students attending Air Command and Staff College are expected to bring their own personally-owned (not government-issued) device for access to course materials.
4. Transcripts: Non-Air Force military and all civilian personnel need their official transcripts sent to the Air University (AU) Registrar’s Office. AU Registrar contact information: Email: email@example.com; service desk site: https://auservicedesk.af.edu; mail: Air University Registrar, AU/A3RR Registrar Services, 60 Shumacher Avenue, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112. If you have questions, military personnel should contact the Student Squadron Administrative Office at Comm: 334-953-2226 (DSN: 493). Civilian personnel should contact the ACSC Registrar Office at Comm: 334-953-9820 (DSN: 493).
5. Ancillary Training: All students are expected to complete annual ancillary training requirements prior to arrival. DoD Cyber Awareness Training MUST be completed prior to arrival at ACSC.
NOTE 1: Upon designation for ACSC, Air University will contact candidates for participation in Air Force Blue Horizons Fellowship in lieu of traditional ACSC coursework. Participants will undergo an intense academic, research, and war gaming program to answer a specific CSAF-directed research question. Results will be out briefed to HQ AF senior leadership prior to graduation. Blue Horizons Fellows receive a Masters of Science in Strategy and Technology and JPME I upon completion of ACSC DL. TS/SCI required. Blue Horizons faculty will select 11 IDE fellows from volunteers based on expertise mix required to complete the CSAF-directed study topic.
NOTE 2: NOTE 2: ACSC will contact candidates to solicit applications for participation in the Joint All-Domain Strategist program (JADS) in conjunction with traditional ACSC coursework. Students selected for JADS will need a TS/SCI clearance.
Note 3: All students who graduate ACSC receive a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science. If a student has graduated from the ACSC Online Master’s Degree Program, they have already been awarded a Masters of Operational Art and Science degree and will not earn a second master’s degree. If not previously obtained, the OLMP graduate will receive IDE in-residence and JPME I credit.
*Please send all questions to the Student Squadron (STUS) team via email to the ACSC STUS Org Box E-Mail: ACSCfirstname.lastname@example.org
US students attending ACSC must bring their own personal computing device. International Officers are not required to bring their own device, but they may bring a personal device if it meets the required criteria. If necessary, international officers will be issued a US government computer for their use while a student at ACSC. Each user is responsible for the maintenance and repair of their own personal computing device. Government “loaner” laptops are available on a limited basis for temporary use if a student experiences a catastrophic computer failure. As recommends against the use of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) from any outside agency, as these devices may experience compatibility issues that cannot be resolved. Personal computing devices must meet the following standards:
HARDWARE (Do NOT bring a desktop style computer for use in the seminar rooms)
• Laptop or notebook with a physical keyboard, due to extensive curriculum writing requirements.
• 802.11ac or 802.11n capable wireless card
• CAC reader
• Modern web browser with the ability to run web-based applications (e.g., current version of edge, firefox, chrome or safari).
• Adobe Acrobat Reader or other software capable of viewing PDF files
• Office suite capable of processing Microsoft Office file formats [Word, PowerPoint, Excel]
• Up-to-date anti-virus protection
• An annual certificate of completion for the DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge that covers the entire academic year until graduation
ACSC BYOD IT Checklist:
Enabling your computer to authenticate to DoD websites
Visit Public key Infrastructure/Enabling (PKI/PKE) to configure systems to access PKI-protected content.
• Select Windows and execute steps 1, 2*, 3, 4
NOTE: Windows 10 & 11 users DO NOT need to execute step 2
AF Webmail Access
Work Email: Required to check once weekly
Set up signature block in OWA
FIRST M. LAST, Maj, USAF
Student, ACSC AY21
Obtaining a virtual NIPR terminal via Desktop Anywhere
1. Desktop Anywhere is a service that allows users to access a virtual NIPR desktop from your personal computer. It works on both Mac and Windows computers. Desktop Anywhere provides access to the full suite of AFNet applications, allowing users to send and receive encrypted email, digitally sign documents, and access SharePoint and shared drive locations as if they were operating from a .mil computer.
▪ On your personal computer, search for “Desktop Anywhere” on AF Portal (or go to the link below):
▪ Open and follow the instructions located in the “Attachments” column on the right side of the page for your system (Windows or Mac).
1. U.S. Military Students: Bring all duty uniforms with you to ACSC
2. The primary duty uniform at Maxwell AFB is the OCP uniform (or equivalent) and/or flight suit. International Officers should bring a complete set of their country's equivalent of the camouflage fatigue/utility uniform (i.e. OCP), and a service dress uniform (coat, tie and hat)
3. Civilians are expected to comply with reasonable dress and grooming standards based on comfort, productivity, health, safety and type of position occupied. Jeans are not authorized.
Reading and writing at a professional collegiate level will be a change for some of you. If this is the case, do not be alarmed, you are NOT alone! There are plenty of resources available at Air University to assist you in your academic/professional development.
Here’s some suggested reading for those who have not been in an academic setting in quite sometime.
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